SM Staking member’s Blog – Erikas #2021

 · Skaitymo laikas: 18 min

January, 2021

January 21st, 2021

40th royal flush in my career😄

April, 2021

April 18th, 2021

From the chart, you can observe an outstanding performance in the initial three months, where roughly half of my annual earnings were likely accrued. During this period, my gameplay was solid, encountering commendable competition. Subsequently, there was a phase of breaking even for several months, spanning from 10,000 to 17,000 games played. Then, a sudden emergence of ultra-format games with elevated stakes ensued. Engaging in approximately 10,000 games, predominantly in the 100-250 stakes range, yielded favorable outcomes. However, upon careful assessment, I determined that the profitability wasn’t as robust as in regular spins, particularly within the Party Poker platform. Consequently, around the 25,000-game mark, I reverted to regular spins, concluding my tenure within the Diamond Club Elite (DCE) realm. #spingo #poker

Dedicated to the game: 1,042 hours

Days played in the year: 276

Self-improvement in the game: ~80-100 hours

EV + RB: 168,000

Paid in rake: ~400,000+

As an evidence from the graph, the initial three months showcased exceptional performance, contributing roughly half of my total annual earnings. I maintained a solid gameplay throughout, encountering decent competition. Following this successful period, there was a phase of break-even spanning a few months (between 10,000 to 17,000 games). Subsequently, there was a sudden influx of ultra-format games with high stakes. Engaging in approximately 10,000 games, predominantly in the 100-250 stakes range, yielded satisfactory results. However, upon thorough analysis, I realized that the profitability of these games wasn’t on par with regular spins, particularly within the Party Poker platform. Therefore, at around the 25,000-game mark, I transitioned back to regular spins, concluding my tenure within the Diamond Club Elite (DCE) program.

As you can see from the end of the graph, the results weren’t impressive, but I believe that sooner or later everything will return to normal trends and bring in my profit 😄

Additionally, over the year, I had 4 big multipliers: 30,000$ (250s), 30,000$ (250s), 60,000$ (500s), 120,000$ (500s). Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of them. But I’m not too concerned about it because I know that one day I’ll still win the jackpot – it’s just a matter of time 😄

An attempt to calculate the potential rakeback I can receive, aiming for the full 100%, especially when factoring in affiliate bonuses. For those who haven’t signed up yet, I highly recommend registering through the school’s affiliate link – Through this link, non-school members can enjoy an additional 40% affiliate rakeback, while school members are eligible for an impressive 45% additional affiliate rakeback. For existing account holders, it’s possible to contact support to link their accounts to the school. However, if the account was initially created through another affiliate, it must remain inactive for 3 months before it can be transferred.

June, 2021

June 28th, 2021

Hello my friends!

Since PartyPoker’s departure from Lithuania, my account there remains unresolved. Therefore, I’ve opted to explore the Natural8 (N8) room. As you may be aware, around 90% of the games offered there are in ultra/nitro format, with only about 10% being standard spins. Nitro games have never been my strong suit, so I anticipate a period of adjustment while also sharpening my skills in shallow play. My plan is to engage in part-time play, aiming to complete at least 5,000 games per month in this format. Throughout July, I intend to grind daily to the best of my ability, although there might be a few occasions when this isn’t feasible due to scheduled celebrations or commitments. #poker #spingo

The plan is to play at 100-200s limits. During this time, I think I’ll get a good idea of the field and the potential earnings in this room and at these limits. I plan to update the results every few days, share interesting hands, and boast about bigger wins (hopefully, I’ll catch at least one). 😄

I’ll try to calculate how much rakeback I can get, possibly collecting the full 100% when counting with affiliates. For those who don’t have an account there yet, I recommend registering through the school’s affiliate link – The school offers an additional 40% affiliate rakeback for non-school members and 45% additional affiliate rakeback for school members. (If someone already has an account, it’s possible to contact support to link it to the school. If the account was created with another affiliate, it needs to be inactive for 3 months to transfer it.)

Well, that’s enough of an introduction. I’m thinking of starting on July 1 and dedicating the whole month to this. I hope it will be fun for both me and you!

July, 2021

July 1st, 2021

I completed my first performance in N8. 230 games, mostly at the 100s limit and a few at 200s.

I noticed that with my volume, it’s not easy to grab the leaderboard at 200s, so I’ll focus on 100s. Once I secure a spot on the leaderboard there, I’ll also play at 200s. The results don’t reflect much; well, the sample size is small, and I certainly didn’t have the best run 😄

July 2nd, 2021

Hey, so I didn’t post the results yesterday because I ran out of energy a bit. I’ll upload them next time, probably in a few days. Today is a day off because there’s a celebration in the evening, so I hope I won’t have to take a forced day off tomorrow 😄

July 4th, 2021

So, despite the difficulty, I managed to find the strength and motivation for the grind today after the break 😄

Here’s the graph reflecting the last few days of gameplay. Those occasional larger “x” values with a normal stack provide a sense of relief after the intensity of nitro games. It’s unfortunate that they occur so infrequently. Assessing my true cEV remains challenging, as it’s difficult to ascertain whether I’m experiencing a more favorable or unfavorable run in shallow stacks.

I noticed that the action on Natural8 isn’t infinite either. It was hot when I took the gold mine challenge, and towards the end, the action started to slow down, so I had to combine a few limits to finish the challenge at the last minute.

Here’s what I received 😄

July 6th, 2021

Last 2 days. Insane EV, but also a similar run under EV.

Today, I made an attempt to climb the leaderboard at the 200s level. However, after a few hours of gameplay, I noticed some exceptionally strong competition dominating the leaderboard. Consequently, I had to adjust my strategy, sacrificing some volume, and come to terms with the realization that I wouldn’t be earning any rewards from the leaderboard this time around. It’s all part of the game, and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches and adapt accordingly! 😄 #crush #poker

July 8th, 2021

I didn’t boast about my “achievements” from yesterday 😄

Indeed, navigating the plethora of tournaments in the nitro format presents its own set of challenges. The intensity of the gameplay can make it particularly tough to shake off bad beats and cooler hands. During a hot streak, you might feel invincible, but once the momentum shifts, it’s easy to spiral into feelings of self-doubt and frustration. It’s all part of the rollercoaster ride that is poker – a game of highs and lows, where maintaining a level head is key to long-term success.

But now I really noticed that the x5 multipliers field is in a hurry, playing as if it were nitro.

July 11th, 2021

The day before yesterday, I couldn’t play, and yesterday I didn’t share my graph, so I’m doing that now.

I also think that I’ll write updates more on a weekly basis because in the nitro world, it’s challenging to see something very new in a short period; it’s just conveyor work 😄

July 19th, 2021

Hello, as promised, here’s the weekly update, and at the same time, I’ll review the monthly results. At the beginning of the week, I changed my schedule from nighttime to daytime. I lacked some rest, so I played with a breakeven cEV for a few days.

I played at the 100-200s limits, with 70% of the games at 100s and 30% at 200s. The skill level is similar between the limits, but the main difference is that there is a significant lack of fish at 200s in the morning and during the day, and it’s slightly better there in the evening and at night.

Another thing, I got into a bad run period, which is clearly visible in the real winnings graph:

Over the past few weeks, about 20k under EV.

Keep your eyes on the cards and your rakeback with my detailed tracking! Right now, thanks to leaderboard bonuses, affiliates, and some serious Spin & Go action, my poker rakeback is cruising at a cool 94%. While the GG website might officially state a slightly higher figure, they’ve applied a 0.75 coefficient to my fish points, taking a nibble out of my rakeback. But hey, every spin, every win, it all adds up! 🃏💰 #Poker #SpinGo #Rakeback

So, SpinEV + RB is 7.8k.

2.4 USD/game

146 USD/hour.

I will take a week-long break from grinding now. And I don’t know if I will continue playing on GG or PP 😄

August, 2021

August 26th, 2021

Hello! A tough day. Today, two outs hit hard in the WSOP ME 5k, with the flop coming down at about 65BB. The feeling is not great 😄

Having calmed down, I went to check the field at 500s on PartyPoker after a rough patch. Turns out I didn’t make a mistake; I had a pleasant run against regulars. As a consolation for the bad beat in the main event, PartyPoker gave me 8k EUR 🤑

December, 2021

December 9th, 2021

When you think you’re already dead, but you’re not yet 😄

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